Piqua Reverse Job Fair

Reverse Job Fair

The job market in the City of Piqua is booming.  Many of our local businesses are expanding and hiring and need employees.  The biggest current economic deficit in the city and throughout Miami County is a dependable workforce to fill the available positions.

It’s a known fact that more than 80% of job growth in a community comes from existing and small businesses.  Piqua businesses are doing their part in providing good paying jobs.

In order to help address this issue for both local businesses and job seekers, the City of Piqua is teaming with Miami County and the State of Ohio to conduct a Reverse Job Fair on August 26th at the Fort Piqua Plaza.

Here’s more information about the Reverse Job Fair:

Reverse Job Fair in Piqua, Ohio Are you tired of not getting results from the typical job fair? Spending all day in a busy room where it is difficult to stand out whether you are an employer or job seeker? Well the Reverse Job Fair is the solution for you! The Reverse Job Fair takes the typical job fair and “reverses” it. We put Job Ready, Job Seekers at a booth that allows them to show off their knowledge, skills, and abilities while employers get to walk around and speak to qualified candidates. We have a 100% satisfaction rate with both job seekers and employers with comments like “Great idea and concept” and “Why would employers ever go to a typical job fair again?”

On Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 from 10:00am – 2:00pm, the Ohio Dept. of Job and Family Services along with Grow Piqua Now, the Piqua Chamber of Commerce, and OhioMeansJobs – Miami County will be hosting the next Reverse Job Fair. This will be for job seekers and employers in the Skilled Labor, HR, IT, Accounting, Engineering, and Manufacturing fields at the Fort Piqua Plaza (http://www.thefortpiquaplaza.com/directions.html).

Employers – The Reverse Job Fair allows you to spend anywhere from 5 minutes to the entire Reverse Job Fair talking to qualified candidates to ensure a good fit and arrange future conversations. This coordinated event matches you with job seekers who have been pre-screened to the industry and skill level required. Job seekers are prepared to market themselves by attending mandatory workshops and by having real-world interaction with local business professionals, showing their dedication to finding a job. You can evaluate each job seeker and conduct on the spot interviews as rooms will be available.

Job Seekers – The Reverse Job Fair gives you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with local hiring employers. You will have a booth with space to showcase your knowledge, skills, and abilities so that you can really SELL yourself to each employer that walks by. We will prepare you to market yourself through mandatory resume, portfolio, and interviewing workshops as well as real-world interaction with local businesses prior to the event.

Please take advantage of this opportunity.

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Lincoln Funeral Train 2015

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Not being from Piqua, I recently learned that President Lincoln’s Funeral Train stopped in Piqua after midnight on April 30, 1865 as part of the trip from Washington, DC to Springfield, Illinois for his burial.  The train traveled over 1,634 miles beginning on April 21st and carried Lincoln’s son, Willie, along with over 300 mourners.

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The stop in Piqua occurred at 12:20am and lasted approximately 30 minutes while the train crew was changed and a trackside memorial service was held at the site of the train depot.  That site is now the parking lot of the Piqua Police Department.  Amazingly, approximately 10,000 people were present when the train arrived.

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To celebrate and honor the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train, a replica train has been built and tracing the train’s original route will occur in 2015.  As I understand, National Geographic has already visited Piqua and a full story of the route will be featured in National Geographic Magazine.

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For more information on this major event, you can search both the World Wide Web and Facebook for the Lincoln Funeral Train 2015.  Additional information will be shared about the event as we find out more details.

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William Moore McCulloch, Father of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

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July 2, 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The hero and force behind the adoption of the Civil Rights Act was William Moore McCulloch of Piqua, Ohio.  William McCulloch served as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from 1947 until 1973.

Below is an editorial written by Speaker of the House John Boehner acknowledging the important role that William McCulloch played in the adoption of the Civil Rights Act.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On July 2, 1964, Congress completed what many consider to be the most fundamental and consequential legislation in our long history, the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

And as our nation comes together to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the bill’s final passage, many will rightly recall the names of those who stood in the face of violence and injustice during the civil rights movement, so that every citizen – regardless of race, color, religion, or national origin – may truly pursue happiness without discrimination or segregation.

It was a movement whose time had come, and quietly at its forefront was a farm kid from Ohio, William McCulloch.

In the fanfare of history, it’s easy to overlook the small moments that make big things possible, but it was a deal struck by Congressman McCulloch in Piqua, Ohio, that – a year before the Civil Rights Act was signed into law – led to a bill that would prove capable of fulfilling the promise of justice and liberty for all.

Passage of the Civil Rights Act is rightly regarded as one of the House’s finest hours, and when the final vote neared, the chamber paused for a standing ovation – and it was for William McCulloch.

I’m particularly proud of the key role he played, and I’m deeply honored for the privilege to represent the same corner of Ohio that McCulloch called home.

His story reminds us that while there is no indispensable man, there is the common man who doesn’t use his status for personal gain – but to serve others. “In a democratic society like ours,” McCulloch once said, “the purpose of representative government is to soften tension – reduce strife – while enabling groups and individuals to more nearly obtain the kind of life they wish to live.”

While William McCulloch isn’t a household name, it doesn’t have to be. That’s because, for him, the biggest thing was the right thing.

So as we come together and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, I invite all Ohioans to join me in remembering one of our very own, William Moore McCulloch.

In honor and remembrance of this great Piqua citizen, the City of Piqua named the prominent area adjacent to the Fort Piqua Plaza as the William McCulloch Public Square.

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First Rock Piqua Concert a Huge Success

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The very first concert of the Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert Series held on Saturday, June 14th at Lock 9 Park was a huge success according to organizers.  The event was organized by MainStreet Piqua and the Piqua Arts Council along with many community sponsors and volunteers.  Crowd estimates were between 1800-2000 enjoying the featured music of the Eric Jerardi Band.

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The next concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 28th starting at 7:00pm and will feature up and coming star Clark Manson.  The final concert of the series will take place on July 26th with Nashville Crush performing.

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We look forward to the Riverfront Concert Series expanding in 2015.

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Industry Products Company Honored by Honda

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Industry Products Company of Piqua has been recognized by Honda North America for the second year in a row with the “Excellence in Value Award”.  This award is for competitively providing a range of cargo and trunk floor systems, door watershields, and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) products to all of their North American plants.  Industry Products is only one out of 27 of Honda’s 652 suppliers in North America to receive this award.

Industry Product Company employees received the award on behalf of the company and other team members.  These employees were part of IPC’s Lean manufacturing activities that helped improve the competitive value of its products.

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IPC also received the “Senate Award” presented from Senator Bill Beagle.  This award also reflects the positive impact Industry Products Company has on it’s customers and community.

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IPC President Linda Cleveland expressed the appreciation and credited IPC team members for their work and ingenuity resulting in the award.

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Industry Products is a family owned business that has been in operation since 1966.  IPC is a WBENC/NWBOC certified woman-owned company headquartered in Piqua with facilities in Alabama, Mexico, and Japan.  The company manufactures a large percentage of cargo covers, in-transit protection, watershields, acoustic parts for a variety of automobiles and trucks, and gaskets for refrigeration units and compressors.

What a great company to have in Piqua!

 

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Piqua Performance Measurement Profiles

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As a member of the ICMA Center for Performance Measurement (CPM), the City of Piqua collects data each year and submits it to be able to compare to other cities across the nation.  The comparative data is then used as a management tool to help determine the public services that need improvement.

Development Program Manager Bill Lutz serves as our Primary Coordinator for the CPM and has developed performance measurement profiles for various service areas.  The following are highlights from some of the service areas submitted in 2013.

Code Enforcement:

  • The City of Piqua had 979 cases as compared to other similar size cities of 600-800 cases.
  • The City of Piqua expends approximately 95 cents per resident on code enforcement as compared to the $6.01 national average.
  • 54% of cases are closed through voluntary compliance as opposed to 36% in 2012.
  • 24% of cases were resolved through forced compliance as opposed to 18% in 2012.

Fire & Emergency Services:

  • The City of Piqua had 153 calls for emergency services for every 1000 residents – the 8th highest in the nation.
  • The City of Piqua expends $150 per resident for fire and emergency medical services which is the 10th lowest in the nation.
  • Fire incident occurrence was 5.2 per 1000 residents as compared to 4.7 per 1000 national average.

Human Resources:

  • The City of Piqua has a turnover rate of 2% which is the lowest in the nation for small cities under 25,000 population.
  • The average tenure of a city employee is 12 years – 4th highest among small cities.

Police Services:

  • The City of Piqua has 1.6 sworn officers per 1000 residents as compared to 2.2 per 1000 residents for small cities.
  • The City of Piqua expends $191 per resident on police services as compared to $260 nationally.
  • There were 3.5 automobile accidents that resulted injuries as compared to the national average of 6.6 per 1000 residents.
  • 35 violent crimes occurred in Piqua as compared to the 54.8 national average.

Road Maintenance:

  • The City of Piqua expended $1,302 per paved mile in road rehabilitation as compared to the national average of $3,876.
  • Only 2% of residents rated the city’s street network as “excellent” which was the lowest score in the nation.

The entire profiles can be found on the city’s web site at http://www.piquaoh.org and clicking on the CPM logo.

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2013 Annual Operations Report is now Available

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The 2013 Annual Operations Report is now available for public review.  The report can be found on the City Manager’s web page at http://www.piquaoh.org or the city’s Facebook page.

The City of Piqua experienced a productive year in 2013 with numerous accomplishments, awards, and recognitions.  Here are some of the highlights from various departments:

  • Installed PiquaFASTFiber throughout the city
  • Earned a 98% Credit Score through the American Municipal Power Annual Financial Evaluation and provided the most reliable level of electric service (99.997%) in tracking history
  • Responded to 4,044 fire and rescue runs
  • Obtained 8 Community Development Grants totaling $669,024
  • Secured over $3.57 million in funding for road projects
  • Collected and disposed of 7,576 tons of refuse and recycled 1,360 tons of material
  • Successfully reduce the health insurance ratio from over 80% to 61.9%
  • Completed Phase I of the Stormwater Master Plan
  • Achieved a reduction of 15% in violent crimes and 19% in property crimes
  • Built 6 new Pickleball Courts at Mote Park

I encourage you to read about many more facts and department activities in the publication.

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